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It seems to me that ‘social justice’ is best seen as an aspiration, and that we will never achieve it.
by Don Aitkin - 17/05/2017 - 21 comments
As I have argued in earlier essays, I do not think that fussing over ‘inequality’ gets us anywhere, unless we are talking about inequalities in access to publicly provided health, or justice, or education.
by Don Aitkin - 16/05/2017 - 10 comments
Social progress, meanwhile, was not about attempting to weaken and re-engineer age-old institutions but about nourishing the existing social bonds of families, communities and voluntary associations.
In contrast to a build-up of arms in preparation for war, promoting peace required different values, a different literacy and language.
by Stuart Rees - 5/05/2017 - 46 comments
'Populism' is widely understood to mean support for the concerns of ordinary people, which is hard to argue with.
by Max Atkinson - 1/05/2017 - 14 comments
Announceables, rebranding, and the prestige of policy theory over delivery — the ‘arteries’ of government, driven by status rewards of social and economic importance, have come to dominate the ‘capillaries’ in a way that threatens the health of both.
by Nicholas Gruen - 20/04/2017 - 1 comment
Believe it or not, Easter celebrates a man who died a criminal's death and became the foundation for what are commonly called 'Australian Values'.
by Warwick Marsh - 13/04/2017 - 34 comments
Citizen deliberation is a powerful tool for legitimisation, but can it become institutionalised?
by Nicholas Gruen - 5/04/2017 - 2 comments
What could deliberative democracy look like at the political level? What about a People's Chamber.
by Nicholas Gruen - 29/03/2017 - 7 comments
What is the case for deliberative democracy, and why would we put ourselves through ‘sortition’?
by Nicholas Gruen - 27/03/2017 - 2 comments
It implies that the immigration intake into Australia creates a housing demand which is raising house prices.
by Peter Bowden - 20/03/2017 - 14 comments
There are other problems with democracy: importantly, democratic outcomes can often flat out just not make any sense.
by Arturo Bris - 8/03/2017 - 16 comments


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